Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Another exciting school year is right around the corner!  With that the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) supports the Cheshire Career Center and Keene High School as a single unified entity that provides ALL students with the opportunities and the tools to become productive and responsible citizens in an ever-changing world.  Please join SEAC in supporting these important efforts!  SEAC meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 in the SAU #29 Office; people are welcome and encouraged to attend!


The vision statement of the Special Education Advisory Committee is to advocate for full integration and participation for all students regardless of ability by providing access to all opportunities in our school communities.      

Liz Dunn, Towns
Bonnie Echavarria, Keene
Traci Fairbanks, Chesterfield
Anna M. Lake, Monadnock Developmental Services
Rick Matte, SAU29
Misty Martinez-Bohannon, Keene
Christine Parshall, Marlborough
Amy Royce, Westmoreland
Ryanne Schoonover, SAU29

For more information regarding the Special Education Advisory Committee, or to speak to one of the committee members, please contact:
Administrative Assistant Ryanne Schoonoverrschoonover@sau29.org
Director of Student Services Rick Matte: rmatte@sau29.org

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!
For more details please click link below.

Procedural Safeguards

The NH DOE has recently updated it's procedural safeguards. See the link below for the most up to date copy.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards

Come see INTELLIGENT LIVES with filmmaker Dan Habib in NYC and D.C. – and then across the U.S.

NEW YORK CITY National Theatrical Premiere!

September 21-27, one week only: Village East Cinema, with an opening night Q&A featuring Director/Producer Dan Habib

Plus special free events on September 20 at LIU Post and Westchester Institute for Human Development

Free WASHINGTON, D.C. Premiere

September 26: National Press Club with the Syracuse University Alumni Association in Washington, D.C. and The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education

Featured Author Stephen Shore

Stephen Mark Shore is an autistic professor of special education at Adelphi University. He has written the following books: College for Students with Disabilities, Understanding Autism for Dummies, Ask and Tell, and Beyond the Wall. Currently, he serves on the board of Autism Speaks, and is one of the first two autistic board members in its history, looking to improve the potential of those on the autism spectrum. He once headed the Asperger's Association of New England and was on the board of the Autism Society of America. 

His book, Ask and Tell, describes ways that autistics can advocate for their needs.

Online Reading Resources

1.  Understood.org
2.  Parent Information Center of NH
3.  LD Online
4.  Disability Scoop
5.  Disability Rights Center
6.  Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
7.  Parents Helping Parents
8.  E-Ready Special Education Information for Parents
9.  National center for Learning Disabilities
10. Learning Disabilities Association of America
11. Autism Now
12. NH Special Education for Parents
13. Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
14. Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.
15. Special Education Advocates Training and Certification
16. Bismark (N.Dakota) Public School District
17. NH Family Voices
18. Thriving in Trade School with a Disability
19. Going to College with ASD
20. Studying with ADHD
21. Support for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
22. Scholarships & Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Suggested Books

1.  "From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks" by Paula Kluth and Sheila Danaher

2.  "Crossing Bridges: A Parent's Perspective on Coping After a Child is Diagnosed with Autism/PDD,ASD" by Viki Satkiewicz-Gayhardt, Barbara Peerenboom, and
Roxanne Campbell

3. "This is Asperger Syndrome" by Elisa Gagnon and Brenda Smith Myles

4. "Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Teachers" by Val Cumine, Julia Leach and Gill Stevenson

5. "All About IEP's - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about IEP's" by Peter W.D. Wright, Esq. Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW and Sandra Webb O'Connor, M.Ed.

6. "From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide" by Pam Wright and Pete Wright

7. "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio  

8. "College for Students with Disabilities", "Understanding Autism for Dummies", "Ask and Tell", and "Beyond the Wall" by Stephen M. Shore